The Small Christmas Checklist That Makes a BIG Difference

 

Dare I say it but there are little over four weeks left until the big day. Where has this year gone and how is the Christmas season upon us already when it only seems like yesterday that we packed away the decorations for another year?

If the C-word isn’t something you’ve been able to say yet in 2017, it’s time to get your head out of the sand. More organisation means less stress which will enable you to enjoy the festivities free and now is the best time to get started. It doesn’t take much effort to make a difference and with a little sensible shopping, you can save money on all your Christmas shopping needs. Here are some basic tips to help you get on top of Christmas in good time, leaving you free to enjoy the fruits of your labour and the day itself without any worries or hassle.

 

Hosting Christmas? Ask for confirmation on numbers

If you are hosting Christmas this year try to get a final confirmation on the numbers as soon as possible. Finding out how many you’ll be hosting for will allow you to work out how much food and drink you’ll be needing, how large a turkey to buy and how many crackers to have on standby, because let’s face it, you don’t want anyone sitting around the Christmas table without their torn Christmas hat, do you?

 

Prepare for overnight guests

If you will be having guests over to stay then this is the ideal time to get the spare room ready for them. We aren’t advising a complete redecoration (unless that’s what you want, of course), but fresh new bedding sets and a few accessories can give a room an entirely new look. Want to make it even more festive for your guests? Why not go the whole hog with a Christmas duvet set?

 

Check the cutlery drawer

Make sure you have enough cutlery to go around, with perhaps a couple extra on standby just in case you have the odd visitor dropping by. Our cutlery drawer hosts quite an eclectic range but you might prefer matching cutlery sets for your guests. And whilst you are at it, don’t forget to check that you have enough plates to go around too.

 

Make a note of last posting dates

If you love to work through your Christmas card list, get it done and out of the way by the end of the first week in December so you can make sure you catch them well before the last posting dates, especially if you are sending cards overseas. You can find a complete list of the last posting dates and methods here. Add them to your calendar now!

 

Is everybody ready?

In our house there is a Christmas Eve ritual of putting on a new set of pyjamas before settling down together to hear Mum or Dad read ‘The Night Before Christmas’. Then we set out a drink and a mince pie for Santa and carrots for the reindeer before heading off to bed and listening out for sleigh bells.

 

 

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